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Oct 7, 2009

Welcome to Lando's second 'listener comment' show. In this round, Lando talks about his introduction to science fiction, from William Gibson to Rudy Rucker. It's literature through the prism of Lando!

Theme Music: "Welcome To Frankfurt" by Charlie Hunter

Big Dave (OZ)
nine and a half years ago

I finally read Neuromancer for the first time a couple of months ago, after listening to you guys and my brother rave about it, and you’re going to hate me for this, but I didn’t enjoy it. I found reading it too much like hard work. I think I avoided reading it because everybody told me I had to read it. I tend to do that, I haven’t read The Da Vinci Code, or any of the Harry Potter Books. If people tell me I “just have to” read something, I generally avoid it. I only picked up Neuromancer because it fell off the shelf in a second hand book store, and I knew I’d get half my money back if I returned it. I’m beginning to think Cyberpunk is not a genre for me. Actually, I can see a similar writing style to Neuromancer in Breakworld, don\'t worry though, after a couple of pages, I \"fall\" into it, and 10 pages pass in a flash.

I credit the short works of Arthur C Clarke with getting me hooked on Science Fiction / Fantasy. I progressed through Asimov, Burroughs, Howard, Heinlein, Farmer, Harrison and a host of others. Some I can still go back and read again, like Clarke and Howard, others I find difficult to read now like Burroughs and Asimov. Sometimes I can’t help myself though, if I see a classic, I buy it, not worried about whether I will read it or not. I recently bought I am Legend, quite depressing actually, and years back I found the Iliad and the Odyssey, very difficult to read, both of them. Now I actually open either at random and read a few pages, till my eyes lids get heavy.

Have you read any of the Forgotten Realms books by R.A. Salvatore or The Saga of the Seven Suns, by Kevin J Anderson?